Jun 21, 2018 Business & Finance Comments Off on Taiwan donates rice to Guatemala volcano disaster relief
Taipei, Taiwan's government is donating 1,000 metric tons of rice to Guatemala, one of its diplomatic allies, to support ongoing disaster relief efforts in the country following the Fuego volcano eruption earlier this month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.
The humanitarian aid is expected to arrive in the Central American nation by August, according to the foreign ministry.
On Wednesday, a ceremonial event attended by Vice Foreign Minister Jose Maria Liu (???) and Guatemalan Ambassador to Taiwan Olga Maria Aguja was held in Taoyuan to mark the donation, with rice loaded onto a container destined for Guatemala.
At least 110 people were killed, 12,000 evacuated and 197 remain missing after the eruption on June 3, according to the foreign ministry.
Among the areas affected, Sacatepequez province was hardest hit by the eruption and a state of emergency remains in force, it said.
MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (???) told CNA that the donation follows the US$100,000 donated just days after the eruption, including emergency rations such as water and noodles sent to victims on the ground.
The government will continue to assist Guatemala by providing all necessary aid to those affected by the natural disaster, Lee said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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